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Windows 8: Create and name program groups in Start

The Start screen in Windows 8 is a replacement for the Start menu in previous versions of Windows. All your programs appear on the Start screen somewhere and as you add software to the PC, tiles are added to Start. The order in which they appear may not be the best and has more to do with the order in which they are installed than anything else.

After installing a few programs you might want to rearrange their order and place them into groups. There can be groups of games, photo tools, utilities, internet programs and so on. It is up to you what groups you have and everyone can organise the Start screen in the way that suits them best.

After installing a few programs, go to the Start screen and scroll to the far right. Click and drag a tile for a program to the right and a vertical bar will appear. This shows where one group ends and the next group starts. Drop the tile on the right side of the bar to create a new group.

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Now you need to zoom out of the Start screen. Click the small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the screen or hold down the Ctrl key and spin the scroll wheel on the mouse. Right click the new group of tiles that you just created. A panel appears at the bottom of the screen and there is a buttom to name the group.

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Click the group to zoom back out to normal size or Ctrl+spin the mouse wheel. You will see the title above the group you created and named. You can rearrange the order of the program tiles in the group by clicking and dragging them to a new position.


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